By Muskaan Kher

PUNJAB: Department of Extension Education, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana organized a webinar on ‘Conservation of water resources for sustainable agriculture’ under the guidance of Dr Jaskarn Singh Mahal, Director of Extension Education PAU, Ludhiana.While giving the opening speech Dr Kuldeep Singh, Head of Department, raised concerns about depleting natural resources, urged the farmers to adopt different water saving technologies so that this precious resource could be preserved for generations.Dr Rajan Aggarwal, Principal Scientist talked about water resource status in Punjab-opportunities and challenges. He further thrown light on the water recharging and warned the farming community that rain water should not be directly put into bores as it contained a lot of impurities, hazardous agro chemicals and fertilizers.

Dr Rakesh Sharda, Principal Scientist (Ext.) discussed about precision technologies for water conservation in agriculture. He shared his results that drip irrigation system can save ample quantity of water while supplying continuous moisture to the plants and fertilizer consumption could also be saved. He said precision technologies were the future of the agriculture if we wanted it to continue for ages. Dr Dharminder Singh, Senior Extension Scientist, who also held the proceedings of the programme called upon farmers to adopt short duration varieties of the paddy so that water could be saved. He said recommended varieties of paddy by PAU not only would give comparable yield but also reduce the water consumption.

A number of officials and farmers took part in the discussion. Dr Ram Chand, Ex ADG (Ext), ICAR, New Delhi shared his view along with Dr Daler Singh and Dr RPS Aulakh from Department of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare and said that these sorts of webinars should be extensively organized with greater participation of development departments. Dr Daler Singh further stressed upon dry puddling of the soil for paddy cultivation